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#AirIndia : Plane With Over 180 People On Board From Dubai Skids Off Kozhikode Runway, Pilot Dies

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An Air India Express plane with over 180 people on board from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode reported a news agency.

The plane, part of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian nationals from overseas during the coronavirus lockdown, skidded off the tabletop runway and fell into a 50-feet valley breaking into two portions.According to CNN-IBN report, At least 15 people, including a pilot, were killed and 123 injured. The Malappuram Superintendent of Police said 15 of the 123 are seriously wounded.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed the National Disaster Response Force on Friday night to rush to the spot at Kerala’s Kozhikode, where an Air India Express aircraft crashed, to assist in the rescue-and-relief operations.

A Directorate General of Civil Aviation statement said the AIEAXB1344, B737 Dubai-Calicut with 191 people on board met with the mishap.

The passengers include 10 infants, two pilots, and four cabin crew members. The flight landed at the airport around 7.40 pm. An airline spokesperson said the aircraft apparently overshot the runway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on phone after an Air India Express plane coming from Dubai overshot the runway at the Kozhikode airport. Modi tweeted his pain over the tragedy

 


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala tweeted ,

Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Civil Aviation minister tweeted his sadness over the tragedy

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